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Lake Mälar round trip

Cycle around the lagoon, that became a lake.

In only one week you cycle around Sweden’s third largest lake, which is with its 1.090 sqm about twice as big as Lake Constance in Germany. Follow the traces of the Vikings and find about more about Nils Holgersson, explore impressive rune stones and graves from Iron Age as well as places of interest such as Gripsholm and Strömsholm palace. Additionally picturesque small towns as Mariefred and Sweden’s oldest city Sigtuna are awaiting you. Lake Mälar is due to its many bays and islands a very popular recreation area and will also delight you during this diversified bike trip!

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  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • self guided
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Itinerary

Take a first stroll through Sweden’s capital and explore some of the many sights and tourist attractions. 

After breakfast you go by steamboat to Mariefred (duration ca. 3,5 hours, arrival ca. 1.30pm). The picturesque small town with its impressive Gripsholm palace has not that many inhabitants, but is for historical reasons still referred to as a city. Writer and journalist Kurt Tucholsky, who lived in Sweden in exile is buried in Mariefred and wrote a tale about Gripsholm palace. 

Mälardalsleden (Swedish for the Lake Mälar route) leads you via the Strängäs fjord to Eskilstuna. The former market place and bishop’s see welcomes you with small shops, gallerys and nice boutiques. Worth seeing is the blacksmith’s shop and museum Rademachersmedjorna, where you can watch the smiths and craftsmen at work.

Today you cross the lake! On your way to Västerås you can do a detour to Torshälla (+ 10km) to visit a sculpture park with winding alleys and art from Bo Englund, Allan Ebeling and other artists. Additionally a stroll through the old narrow streets of Torshälla with its old wooden houses is worth it. Before you reach Västerås you should visit Strömsholm palace with its cafe. The stunning palace is as Drottningholm and Gripsholm palace in possession of the royal family. Once you have reached Västerås we recommend to visit Kyrkbacken, the old town, the dome is also worth to see. 

Mälardalsleden leads you on to Enköping. The small town is located at the mouth of river Enköpingså and Europe-wide well-known for its beautiful gardens. The town plants thousands of bushes every year, which makes the townscape indeed unique. Besides that, the municipality hosts more than 180 rune stones, and you will pass some of them along your way. 

Along gravel roads and asphalted side roads you reach the charming small town of Sigtuna. The city was founded in 980 and is, together with Lund the oldest, still existing city in Sweden. The small town can be found on coins and rune stones as it was an important administrative center in earlier times. End your day with a stroll through the main road with its small, typical Swedish houses from the 18th, 19th and 20th century.

For guests travellling in season 1 the bike tour ends after breakfast. Airport Stockholm-Arlanda is located ca. 15 km away from Sigtuna and is well connected with public transport. 

Guests who are travelling season 2: Enjoy Sigtuna with its cafes, galleries and shops before you return with your boat M/S Evert Taube to Stockholm in the afternoon (duration 2 hours, arrival ca. 6.30pm). Your last evening in Stockholm ends with a stroll from the pier back to your hotel. 

After breakfast your bike tour ends. We are happy to extend your stay with extra nights in Stockholm.

Tour character

You cycle on bike paths and gravel roads, forest tracks and side roads with less traffic through typical Swedish nature. To some extent there are simpler trail conditions with raw gravel. Flat to slightly hilly tour course.

Prices and events

All data for 2021 at a glance
Place of arrival: Stockholm
  Season 2
29.05.2021 - 25.06.2021
07.08.2021 - 28.08.2021

Saturday
Lake Mälar round trip, 7 days, SE-MARSS-07X
Base price
9 999
Single room supplement 3 499
Lake Mälar round trip, 8 days, SE-MARSS-08X
Base price
10 499
Single room supplement 3 999

Category: Chosen 3***- and 4****-hotels

Season 2
May 29, 2021 - Jun 25, 2021
Aug 7, 2021 - Aug 28, 2021
Saturday
Lake Mälar round trip, 7 days, SE-MARSS-07X
Base price
Single room supplement
Lake Mälar round trip, 8 days, SE-MARSS-08X
Base price
Single room supplement
9 999
3 499
10 499
3 999

Category: Chosen 3***- and 4****-hotels

Season 2
May 29, 2021 - Jun 25, 2021
Aug 7, 2021 - Aug 28, 2021
Sigtuna
Extra night in double room/breakfast
Extra night in single room/B&B
Stockholm
Extra night in double room/breakfast
Extra night in single room/B&B
999
1 299
849
1 299
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Stockholm
  Season 2
May 29, 2021 - Jun 25, 2021
Aug 7, 2021 - Aug 28, 2021

Saturday
Sigtuna
Extra night in double room/breakfast 999
Extra night in single room/B&B 1 299
Stockholm
Extra night in double room/breakfast 849
Extra night in single room/B&B 1 299
Filter
21-gear touring bike
Electric bike
Children's bike
Tag-along
950
1 900
750
750
Amount in SEK*

Services and extras

Services included

Services included:

  • Overnights in chosen 3***- and 4****-hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transportation from hotel to hotel (not on bike-free days)
  • 1x boat trip Stockholm-Mariefred
  • 1x boat trip Sigtuna-Stockholm (only in season 2)
  • Well elaborated route
  • Detailed travel documents: Route maps, route description, tourist attractions and sights, important telephone numbers (1x per booked room)
  • Bike-App and GPS data
  • Service Hotline

Optional:

  • Rental bike

Not included:

  • Travel insurance
  • All services not mentioned under "Services included"
More information

Arrival / Parking:

  • By flight: Airport Arlanda, by Arlanda Express (fast train) or Flygbuss (airport bus) to the main train station of Stockholm (duration ca. 30-45 minutes). Continue by Tunnelbana (subway), more information: www.sl.se
  • By train: Stockholm main train station.
  • By car: Hotel garage from SEK 295 (ca. EUR 30) per day, reservation not possible, payable on spot. 

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